Translating evolutionary biology field research into an inquiry-based experience for the middle school classroom
Collaboration between scientists and teachers can provide science students with a more authentic science education. During the summer of 2009, evolutionary biologist Zach Gompert and I studied the processes responsible for the origin of species. Specifically, we tested whether two recently diverged butterfly species were partially isolated (i.e., hybridized less frequently) because of differences in host-plant use and preference. We found that populations of each butterfly species generally used different host plants and females generally preferred to lay eggs on their native host plants. This ...
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